Still doing preliminary shop prep

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Blog entry by AaronK posted 12-02-2008 06:15 AM 1068 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Before I get on those shelves, I still need to do this:

1. Realign rip fence.

2. set up router table fence – make sure it’s at 90ยบ

3. make a shooting board

4. make a router edge guide – i’m thinking of a double sided version of this that will (hah! SHOULD) make mortising a breeze

5. a lumber rack to keep it dry and out of the doorway, where it is currently propped.

6. Replace zero-clearance insert on crosscut sled.

7. practice on pine scrap all the joints I will need for the bookcase:
-dados for shelves
-rabbet for top and bottom
-through M&T for top of vertical facing member

because if i cant make it on pine I cant make it on poplar

8. get started on picking the right blend of “walnut” and “cherry” stains for the damned thing.

why oh why does this list keep growing in size?

at least today i found what looks like a decent 1/4” tempered hardboard equivalent. Stupid Lowes doesn’t carry normal masonite – only the soft stuff they call “hardboard” in 1/8 and 3/8” for pegboard. The stuff I found was called something like “Luoma” and is a 3-ply 1/4” hardwood plywood that is fairly smooth and seems rigid enough to replace the masonite I crave. Not as rigid as my clipboard, but i think it will do. The next step was 3/4” ply or MDF, and that’s just too thick for what I need.

Anyone know where I can find a few square feet of decent 1/4” tempered hardboard???

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dennis mitchell

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#1 posted 12-02-2008 06:37 AM

9. Stop shopping at big box stores.

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#2 posted 12-02-2008 06:51 AM

hah! man, i’d love to. problem is the only hardwood lumber dealer in town only carries hardwood – which is great for when i need it, like the nice poplar i got for the bookcase. but when i need nice stable sheet goods for jigs – like mdf and masonite they dont stock it and could take several weeks to arrive if they ordered it for me. i hate the stupid lowes – unhelpful/unknowledgable staff and rotten quality stuff on the whole.

and to think, i used to live down the street from a Rockler AND a gigantic lumber supplier…

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#3 posted 12-02-2008 07:12 AM

Isn’t it amazing how much stuff you have to build in the shop before you can start building stuff in the shop?


-- Scott - Chico California

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#4 posted 12-02-2008 08:40 AM

Nice list. I’m in a similar situation. I have one hardwood store in my town and it doesn’t have a good supply of really anything. I usually end up making the trek to Iowa (forget the name of the place at the moment) for hardwood and my favorite sheet material which is baltic birch ply. Beautiful stuff and great to work with.

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Thos. Angle

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#5 posted 12-02-2008 03:08 PM

Yep, we build some stuff so we can build some stuff so we can build the stuff we really want to build. Enjoy the journey. All the stuff is practice as well.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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